Thursday, June 25, 2009

Wax Resist Vase

In my last post this same vase was pictured, the only difference is that in this photo I used black underglaze and painted the recessed areas. This vase is in its leather hard stage.
Oops. I suppose I should explain about the wax resist. Once the vase was leather hard I used hot wax and dripped it over the pot. I used a cheap 2 inch paint brush to accomplish this. Once the wax was dried I used a wet sponge and rubbed over the unwaxed parts of the vase. This created the recessed areas. I didn't know how I was going to fire it. The next day I was looking at it and I thought to myself "black underglaze," so I did that.
I still don't know how I'm going to fire this piece yet but I'm going to try this method of wax resist and "sponging" on another vase or two.


Linda Starr said...

Hi Jeff, the vase looks great with the black underglaze. I have heard of folks using shellac for this same technique. Whereby they paint a pattern with the shellac and then take a sponge and wipe away some of the other clay which in effect raises the shellaced portion and recesses the rest. Can't wait to see how you fire it.

Anonymous said...

hey jeff, how's that wax work with this process? i work most of the time with this process and am curious about different kinds of wax... what do you use? check out my blog, i've been putting dark slip in the recesses too.